Kevin D. Brown

Kevin D. Brown

Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law

  • B.S., Indiana University 1978
  • J.D., Yale University 1982
  • Director of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program (2004-2008)
  • Founder and Director of the Indiana University Summer in Ghana Program (2002-2008)
  • Fulbright Lecturer in India from December (1996-1997)
  • Member of the Indiana Uniform Law State Commissioners from (1989-1995)
  • Member of the Yale Journal of World Public Order (1981-1982)

Professor Brown was the director of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Programs from August 2004 to August 2008. He has also been on the faculty of the law school since 1987. Brown is a 1978 graduate with distinction from the Kelley School of Business, where he majored in accounting. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1982. After law school, he spent four and a half years working as an associate attorney for the Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels.

Brown joined the faculty of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law when he left Baker & Daniels. He teaches law and education; race, American society, and the law; torts, and criminal law. Brown has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Alabama School of Law, and University of San Diego School of Law. He has been affiliated with universities on four different continents, including the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India; the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi, India; the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa; and the University of Central America in Managua, Nicaragua. In the spring of 2014, Brown taught in London as part of the London Law Consortium Program.

Brown has published nearly sixty articles or comments on issues related to race, law and education. In 2005 his book, Race, Law and Education in the Post Desegregation Era, was published by Carolina Academic Press. His current book, Because of Our Success: The Changing Racial and Ethnic Ancestry of Blacks on Affirmative Action was published in November of 2014 by Carolina Academic Press. Brown has one of the original participants and founders of both the Critical Race Theory Workshop and the People of Color Conference. Brown has also spoken on issues of race, law and education on over 100 occasions, including at the annual Convention of the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus Braintrust Meetings, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, and at several leading law schools including Harvard, NYU, Virginia, Duke, Cornell, Northwestern, UCLA and Texas.

Brown is also the founder of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Summer in Southern Africa Program, which sent a dozen law students to spend a month in Soweto, Maputo, or Western Kenya from 1998 to 2001.  He is also the founder of the Hudson & Holland Summer in Ghana Program. This program has sent almost 200 Indiana University — Bloomington students on a four week journey through the Republic of Ghana since its inception in 2002.

Selected Works


  • RACE, LAW AND EDUCATION IN THE POST-DESEGREGATION ERA:  Four Perspectives On Desegregation And Resegregation (2005 Carolina Academic Press).

Book Chapters:

  • The Rise and Fall of One-Drop Rule in COLOR MATTERS:  SKIN TONE BIASES & THE MYTH OF A POST-RACIAL AMERICA (Kimberly Jade Norwood, ed., 2013).
  • The History and Conceptual Elements Of Critical Race Theory in THE HANDBOOK OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN EDUCATION (eds. Marvin Lynn and Adrienne Dixson, 2013).


  • The Enduring Integration School Desegregation Helped to Produce, 67 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 1055 (2017).
  • The Social Reconstruction of Race & Ethnicity of the Nation’s Law Students:  A Request to the ABA, AALS and LSAC For Changes In New Reporting Requirement (co-authored with Tom I. Romero, II) 2011 MICH. ST. L. REV. 1133 (2011).
  • African American Disproportionality in School Discipline: The Divide Between Best Evidence and Legal Remedy (co-authored with Russell J. Skiba & Suzanne Eckes) part of symposium issue entitled The School-to-Prison Pipeline 54 N.Y. L. REV. 1071 (2009/10).
  • Can Public International Boarding Schools in Ghana Be the Next Educational Reform Movement for Urban Minority Public School Students?, part of symposium issue entitled Educational Equity in Communities of Color 19 Temple POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 91 (2009).
  • Lessons Learned from Comparing the Application of Constitutional and Federal Discrimination Laws to Higher Education Opportunities of African-Americans in the U.S. with Dalits in India as part of a symposium entitled Race Across Boundaries 24 HARVARD BLACKLETTER L.J. 3 (2008)(co-authored with Vinay Sitipati).
  • Do African-Americans Need Immersion Schools?:  The Paradoxes Created by the Conceptualization by Law of Race and Public Education, 78 IOWA L. REV. 813 (1993). 


  • LSAC Data Reveals That Black/White Multiracials Outscore All Blacks on LSAT by Wide Margins in 39 N.Y.U. REV. LAW & SOC. CHANGE 381 (2015).
  • The Road Not Taken in Brown: Recognizing the Dual Harm of Segregation 90 VA. L. REV. 1579 (2004).
  • Law and education
  • Race discrimination
  • Comparative inequality
  • Torts
  • Sports law